Australia captain Pat Cummins pays emotional tribute to late mother Maria

Australia captain Pat Cummins has paid an emotional tribute to his mother Maria, who passed away last week.

Cummins flew back to Australia to be with family immediately after the team’s second Test loss in Delhi last month.

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The 29-year-old’s mother, Maria, died in Sydney before the second day of the fourth test last Friday, three weeks after Cummins returned from India.

Cummins remained in Australia for the ODI series, which began with a five-wicket win for India on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, Cummins posted a series of photos of his mother to Instagram with the caption, “I love you mum. Forever in our hearts.”

Meanwhile, veteran opener David Warner will return for the second ODI clash against India on Sunday, but Australia’s star-studded batting team have been urged to take a smarter approach after Friday’s poor performance.

Australia sailed 2-129 in the 20th over after Mitch Marsh’s 81 from 65 balls, but an 8-59 collapse saw the visitors bowl for 188 within 36 overs.

In response, India faltered to 5-83 before KL Rahul (75 nos from 91 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (45 nos from 69 balls) led the home team to victory with 61 balls.

Warner, who suffered a concussion and a hairline fracture in his elbow during the final Test series in India, missed the opening bout with ODI to give him more time to recover.

The 36-year-old is expected to be back in the line-up for game two in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Australia entered the series opener with a star-studded batting lineup so deep that Marcus Stoinis batted at No. 8.

Travis Head opened alongside Marsh before Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell and Stoinis came in.

The beginning of the “tail” was Sean Abbott, who has a ton and 12 half centuries to his name in first-class cricket.

But the extra clout didn’t help Australia, with players regularly stepping out for big lifts.

Cameron Green in action against India. Credit: Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images

India were much more patient and paid off for the tricky wicket.

“We didn’t summarize the conditions well enough and didn’t score enough,” said Stoinis.

“We’re experimenting with a few different combinations and playing eight racquets.

“We understand that if we’re going to play eight racquets, we still have to play a certain way until the 35th over or whatever, and when the time comes we can assert some authority with our backs. Quit power hitters.”

Marsh’s tap with five sixes and ten fours was both a blessing and a curse.

“To an extent, we might have gotten carried away watching Mitch hit and see how well he hit her, and then thought the score might have to be higher than it needed to be,” Stoinis said.

“It was a bit in the wicket. We need to get a little bit better with our techniques and figure out how we’re going to play this.

“I think KL’s way of hitting and the blueprint looked about right.”

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey missed the first game through illness and is a chance to return for Sunday’s clash.

Australia must win the match to keep the series alive.

A big draw from Friday’s game was the performance of Mitchell Starc, who put India behind early on with three wickets including Virat Kohli’s coveted scalp.

– with AAP

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